April 23, 2019
When you’re first diagnosed with a chronic illness, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. You may feel like you’re totally alone, fighting this battle without reinforcements. But the truth is, there are people out there just like you. Keep reading to learn more about how support groups can help overcome your initial fears and provide a steady stream of encouragement, education, and support.
How Chronic Illness Support Groups Help You Deal With Your Diagnosis
Even though your diagnosis is new to you, it’s old hat for many others. When you’re first diagnosed, one of the best things you can do is find community. Anyone who’s ever been diagnosed remembers what it was like: scary, overwhelming, life-changing. But that’s only a moment in the rest of your life. Finding others who have gone through it can help you figure out what comes next.
Support Groups Have Resources
One of the best resources for you after your diagnosis is your local support group. Whether you can make it to a meeting or if you can just connect online or via email, they can point you toward local resources.
- Who’s the best doctor? And how do I get the most out of my doctor visits?
- Where’s the best place to get IV treatments?
- Where are the best places in town to support you in your new lifestyle?
These are the questions a local support group can answer for you.
Support Groups Offer Emotional Support
The logistical changes of new medications, new appointments and new lifestyle changes are hard enough, but the emotional toll of a diagnosis can be even harder. Support groups can help you feel less alone. You can also get tips for self-care strategies specific to your diagnosis. And you can get practical information about your treatment options from people who have been there.
How to Find Your Support Group
The first place to ask is your doctor. They may already be aware of and able to offer connections regarding local support groups. Beyond that, a quick Google search should point you toward local and national organizations. A great example is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, which has both national and local chapters that provide educational and training programs and facilitate connections between patients and families managing these diseases. Other options include:
Therapies We Administer
Infusion Express administers high quality infusion and injection therapies, including:
Infusion Treatments in Comfort and on Your Schedule
If therapies like Tysabri, Cimzia or Inflectra are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express. Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, click here to learn how to move your infusion to Infusion Express.